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Wim Wenders | Germany

New York, November 8, 2001, IV, 2001

C–Print
183x452x5 cm

Courtesy of BlainISouthern, London

Wim Wenders has carried around an old panoramic camera that has come in handy when the extent or impressive nature of experience is beyond normal measure. And with as passionate a keen-sighted person as Wenders, that is frequently the case, as evidenced by New York, November 8, 2001, IV, Which depicts the abyss of horror and destruction at ground zero shortly after September 11, 2001.

This work is part of Wenders's series "Pictures from the Surface of the Earth", which refers to images of a world that is created – and destroyed –by both nature and mankind, and which is observed from a certain distance and captured when mostly empty. They include landscapes, views of cities, of architecture and nature in the U.S.A., Japan, Australia, Israel, Cuba and Germany. They reveal not only the multifaceted "surface of the earth", but also Wenders's predominantly contemplative, sometimes perturbed, but always fascinated gaze. As such, the collection is both a portrait of the world as the photographer encountered it, and a portrait of the photographer as reflected in his view of the world.